Bad Breath Causes and Best Remedies

I am often asked about the causes of bad breath (halitosis) and what can be done about it. My initial reaction is to inquire about home care oral hygiene habits.

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Bad breath is usually caused by bacteria that live in the mouth. These microorganisms typically inhabit the tissue on the tongue and under the gums around the teeth. For most people, a lack of flossing is to blame. This allows the bacteria ample time to thrive under the gums and cause chronic gum infections. This is referred to as periodontal disease and can be treated by a visit to the dentist and a thorough cleaning.

Sometimes bad breath can be caused by metabolic problems and other underlying health concerns. These include liver or kidney failure, diabetes, sinus infections, acid reflux and other problems. These are serious concerns and require medical attention upon proper diagnosis.

Bad Breath Best Remedies

Daily flossing is mandatory in order to prevent bad breath from quickly returning. The surface of the tongue can also cause bad breath but this is less common. This source of bad breath is sometimes identified by a white or yellow film that can be cleaned off with a toothbrush or tongue scraper that is available at most drugstores.

An additional home care application is mouthwash. Some mouthwashes are to assist in controlling tooth decay and contain fluoride but most are to help eliminate bacteria in the mouth and thereby help with gum disease and bad breath. I recommend that mouthwash be used last, after flossing and brushing, to be most effective.

Overall, I recommend proper home care and regular visits with your dentist to keep halitosis and other dental diseases under control.

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